MURDERED soldier Lee Rigby's girlfriend was flying back to the UK from serving in the Afghanistan warzone, after the 25-year-old was hacked to death on the streets of London.
The cruel twist between the military couple came as tributes poured in for dad Lee, 25, a Drummer who served in Helmand in 2009, The Sun reports.
Two terror suspects shot by police in Woolwich were still under arrest in hospital. They were named as Michael Adebolajo, originally of Romford, Essex, and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich, South East London
The Ministry of Defence earlier said the soldier killed is 25-year-old Drummer Lee Rigby, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Drummer Rigby had a two-year-old son and had served in Afghanistan.
"An extremely popular and witty soldier, Drummer Rigby was a larger than life personality within the Corps of Drums and was well known, liked and respected across the Second Fusiliers. He was a passionate and life-long Manchester United fan," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
"A loving father to his son Jack, aged 2 years, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. The Regiment’s thoughts and prayers are with his family during this extremely difficult time. 'Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier.'"